muni_generic.jpgA mechanical problem on a San Francisco Municipal Railway light rail vehicle disrupted service in the Muni Metro subway for more than five hours today, an agency spokeswoman said.

The problem was reported shortly before 2:40 p.m. at the Duboce Portal, the entrance to the subway just east of Church Street, according to Muni spokeswoman Kristen Holland.

A two-car N-Judah vehicle was traveling east when the second car’s pantograph, the poles that connect the vehicle to the overhead lines, damaged the overhead wires, Holland said.

Riders on the affected train were safely evacuated within 10 minutes after Muni personnel ensured the area was safe.

Service was disrupted between the Embarcadero and Castro stations. Bus shuttles took passengers between the two stations, and light-rail vehicles were turned around at those stations, according to Holland.

As of 7:45 p.m., power was restored and service on the K-Ingleside, T-Third and L-Taraval lines resumed in the subway.

As of 7:55 a.m., all regular service resumed when N-Judah and J-Church vehicles began entering the subway again after the overhead wires were repaired and tested at the Duboce Portal, Holland said.

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  • mayonnaiseslacks

    Hmm, sounds familiar. Nope, no surprise here.

  • Alex Zepeda

    And that’s what happens when you don’t do preventative maintenance. The carbon on the pantograph wears out and you tear up the overhead wiring. FFS, if the MTA actually had drivers (or maintenance techs, or SOMEONE) do safety inspections on their vehicles before sending them out for the day this wouldn’t be an issue.

  • Leanna Yip

    I was leaving Harvey Milk Day and entered the Castro station as usual, but then the agent started yelling at me to turn around and take the F because the power was out. Why, if the power was out, were they even letting people in?

    Also, he didn’t bother getting out of his little glass cage; he just kind of poked his head out and bellowed in my general direction. What if I were deaf?

    I know it’s totally futile, but if Muni could also refund me my $2 (the transcliplinker still worked, THEN I was told to scram), that’d be just dandy.

    Oy vey.

  • sweetauntie

    Ugghh! I was caught in the middle of this STUPID snafu. It had already been going on for hours and the station agents were parroting the phrase “shuttles are being deployed upstairs”. Ha! I waited for nearly 45 minutes and not one shuttle, no available taxis, nuthin’……….When I called MUNI on the phone, they were absolutely clueless.